Louise Cusack, the College’s UK Regional and Specialist Sections Manager, discusses the benefits of being a committee member. Follow Louise
Be ambassadors for the profession. If you become actively involved in your regional group you will have your finger on the pulse.
Have you ever thought about getting involved in the College of Occupational Therapists and its professional community? Currently we are recruiting for regional committee vacancies, closing on 26 February 2016. Regional committees are such a good way to engage with your professional community and develop your professional support and networking. They are also a great way of supporting members. There are vacancies in all regions for many different roles.
Each committee consists of 7 elected members: chair, regional forum lead, careers promotion lead, membership network lead, secretary, treasurer and the regional communications lead. There is an opportunity to co-opt 6 more members such as a student forum link, a retired member, or a BAOT Steward.
“Being on the regional committee has enabled me to be part of a great team who are committed to supporting our profession. Bringing together practitioners, educators and students to provide some excellent free-to-attend CPD opportunities for the region. I am looking forward to the next two years.” Follow Helen Rushton North West Region chair
- chair. This is to chair the regional committee meetings and act as a key contact for the region.
- regional forum lead, this role is the link between the region and the College and attends the UK BAOT regional forum which happens twice a year. The meetings are at the College in Borough High Street in London and your expenses are met by the College. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out what’s happening in other regions and to meet key members of staff at The College including the Chairman of Council and the Chief Executive. It’s a great opportunity to influence and engage with the College in a variety of practice and policy matters.
- careers promotion lead, is an opportunity to respond to invitations to promote occupational therapy. There are lots of resources at the College to help support you with this from PowerPoint presentations to leaflets and information. The membership network lead, this is the to be a point of contact for regional and local groups to help support these networks more locally within the region.
- the secretary keeps the committee on track, taking minutes and circulating agendas, booking meeting rooms and acting as a facilitator for all members of the region.
- the treasurer‘s role is to ensure financial affairs are compliant and act as a primary point of contact in all financial matters. There is a lot of support and guidance from the College’s finance team to help you understand and manage the region’s financial affairs.
- regional communications lead; a great opportunity for anybody that likes social media. Helping the region with Facebook or Twitter and also supporting the newsletter email that goes to all regional members 2-3 times a year.
The regions provide free study days and events so lots of opportunities to meet at a variety of events. Take a look at OT news for January on page 23 to find out more. Why not take up the challenge for 2016 and make a New Year’s resolution about getting more involved. For any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact Louise Cusack, Stacey Abraham or Olivia Lokko.
Your profession needs you! Regional nominations & elections information Scroll down to see the regional map.